CGH Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals in the small and rural category, according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of the American Hospital Associations Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.
The hospital is one of only 25 small and rural hospitals across the country to receive this prestigious recognition.
"This is an honorable distinction for a hospital of our size and exemplifies our commitment to the communities we serve," said Ed Andersen, CGH President and CEO. "By replacing traditional processes with advanced electronic alternatives, we strive to deliver safer, more efficient care for our patients every day."
The technology and programs contributing to CGH's Most Wired Hospital recognition are the result of nearly a decade of work and commitment. "The hospital began switching from paper to electronic medical records in 2003," said Ray Sharp, CGH Chief Information Officer. "Now, we have received this distinction not just because of the efforts of our CIS (Computer Information Systems) or Clinical Transformation departments, but because of the efforts of everyone in the hospital. Ed (Andersen) and the CGH Board of Directors have provided great leadership and vision towards this recognition."
According to Hospitals & Health Networks 2011 Most Wired Survey, the nation's Most Wired hospitals are making progress towards greater health information technology (IT) adoption. CGH has accomplished this through the use of:
"We've spent years investing in our technology testing it, developing it, working with every level of clinical and technical expert in our system, and we will continue to do so," said Andersen. "The future of healthcare is happening now at CGH, and that future is better, safer care for every patient that comes through our doors."